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New thread Milwaukee chairs

Started by 65Buick, December 07, 2019, 09:36:44 pm

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December 07, 2019, 09:36:44 pm Last Edit: December 07, 2019, 09:42:36 pm by 65Buick
I think my other link got lost in Kody's thread because the first one didn't work properly. I wanted to share this because I'm actually quite proud of it. The first time I sewed the seat I used the old cover as the template and it was a hair too large. I cut off about 1/4" all the way around, made some new piping and that fit like a glove. I opted out of the piping that was used on the underside of the seat, because in my opinion, it looks a little better and cleaner. To each their own.

The backrest I had a little trouble with - I think some sort of denser cotton was used originally, almost something like you would quilt with. I used upholsterers cotton batting, and a thin layer of dacron. There were a few very slight wrinkles (I did use the heat gun) but overall they turned out quite nice.

These are from year 1960. THe wood is solid walnut, and they are so well built, they can easily last another 60 years , no problem at all. A real pleasure to work with, and thank goodness I actually had a template to work with.

Next up will be the Ib Kofod Larsen reclining lounger.


"Trouble with the backrest",

You did say Milwaukee chairs -- maybe that is the understanding of why I have never seen much less
done any of those backs.  Only the bottoms were done on those sold in this area.  The backs are curved
and nicely finished walnut like the rest of the chairs/tables too for that matter.

Actually, we own a complete set of Danish Walnut (table/chairs) and still like them very much.  I have redone the bottoms at least once (maybe twice?).  As stated, the furniture was bought new (no back upholstery) and for customers - never had exposure to this backrest upholstery issue. 

Maybe the Milwaukee chairs were manufactured this way?  I didn't research this specific product, so
can't take a profound position.

Someone else had any experience on this backrest issue?

The work looks nice, however.  But, I can appreciate the fact they aren't simple to do.   The curved
back doesn't suggest doing it with upholstery (only a trade comment).

Doing a few of the older (original) ones in your market?  Lucky!



Nice job 65, they look great. Are you selling them?
There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.


Yes Doyle, the tag said Milwaukee Chair Co. 1960. My guess is that they were bankers chairs, or the like. No smoke smell however, and the seat padding was actually latex.

Yes Kody, am selling these. Located a 3rd so maybe I'll do a better job on the backrest this time around.


Great Job 65 - but you underestimate the life span of a well made chair - lets say 600 more years conservatively


December 16, 2019, 03:59:54 pm #5 Last Edit: December 16, 2019, 04:30:46 pm by 65Buick


There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.